Phacelia californica

Phacelia californica

Phacelia californica (California scorpionweed) is a central California native. This herbaceous perennial grows to 1-2 feet tall.  Plant in rock gardens or on a slope with good drainage. The common name is because the flowers unfurling from the stalk look like a scorpion’s tail. Less imaginative explanation: it is similar to ferns. The flowers provide an important nectar source for the endangered Mission blue butterfly. Purple flowers are in bloom from March to September.

Sun: Full Sun

Water: Dry, Light, Moderate

Soil: Loam, Sand, Rocky

Other:Attracts Butterflies, Attracts Bees, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant

Bloom Time
Spring

Summer

Exposure
Sun

Flower Color
Purple

Water Requirements
Moderate

This plant requires water every 10-14 days

Occasional

This plant requires water every 2-4 weeks

Infrequent

This plant requires water every 4-6 weeks

Nursery: Annies Annual